Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Bunny Cookies Tutorial | An Adorable Treat for Easter

Hi Ya'll!

Easter is approaching and its time to break out the tricks in your bag.  Just for fun here's one of mine, I hope you will enjoy.



You will need:
1 Package of Sugar cookie mix
1 Can of white frosting
1 Package of large pink marshmallows (for floppy ears)
1 Package of small white marshmallows (for tails)
black sprinkles (for eyes)
Clean cooking shears or scissors
An egg cookie cutter



Build your bunnies: Bake you sugar cookies as directed and let them cool.

Frost your eggs with white frosting.  
I swirl a little frosting where the tail will go...

Add a tail! (small marshmallow cut in half.)


For the floppy ears...
Using scissors, slice almost to the end of the marshmallow...

not quite clipping all the way through..


Then slice all the way down right next to the previous cut... breaking the ears free!

The marshmallow will curl as you cut...creating the perfect 'floppy' ears.
(You will be able to get 3 sets of ears per 1 large marshmallow.)

Next place your floppy ears on the cookie..

Adding the black sprinkles is the last step in creating these adorable Easter Treats!


You want to decorate the bunnies while the icing is fresh and soft so the marshmallows and sprinkles will 'stick'.


Now sit back and be the 'ooh and ahh' of your Easter celebration!  I'm taking mine to our neighborhoods Annual Easter Egg Hunt!



Tips: 
*I found it easy to have a tiny amount of frosting on a toothpick and pick the sprinkles up with that.  It's a lot easier to get the eyes right the first time.

*I also found it helpful when slicing the marshmallows  to keep a wet warm washcloth close by to wipe the blades when they got messy.  This ensures clean and curly bunny ears.

*I have tried mini chocolate chips for the eyes but I prefer the tiny chocolate sprinkles.

* You can also use pink jelly beans for the ears, but I like the marshmallow floppy ears better.

Aren't these little bunnies adorable? Do you have any Easter tricks in your bag? 

For more spectacular Easter inspiration, click here for my Pinterest board on Easter.

From my house, to your house, Happy Hunting!

Happy Easter Ya'll!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Holly's Favorite Finds | Winning With Pennies

In keeping with the 'Thrifty Tuesday' theme, I'm going to show you some of my favorite accessories that finish a room off and bring in all the details that you need.  I'm hoping this will give you some more great inspiration to spruce your home up for Spring.

Pulling a room together isn't always easy.  My style tends to be Traditional (sophisticated, collected look) with a hint of Farmhouse (distressed furniture and rusticness).  But, I also like the easiness of Beach decorating (colorful). I even like the Industrial (wood and wrought iron) masculine side. 
                                                      Ok, I'm all over the map..


My number #1 Rule when decorating?  Just go with what your drawn to.  It's completely a unique room and it's all you.  These are the rooms that are full of so much personality and make great conversation... 
Go ahead break the rules!

I love a room that is so interesting it makes you scan the room over and over again just to take it all in.  But in a way that isn't overwhelming.  It has exactly the right amount of pieces and accessories without suffocating you...  especially because life always gets in the way of a perfectly accessorized room.  Once someone drops their keys, sunglasses, a bottle of water, purse, and anything else that just gets dropped by a family- the visual drop becomes overwhelmed with.. you guessed it!  Clutter.   I ease up on covering ever square inch of my table tops and counter tops so I can have a little bit of flexibility with our clutter.  

Mirror, mirror on the wall: I have been collecting these mirrors from Walmart for years. The gold detail gives the mirror just the right amount of detail. They are are a steal for $5 each.  I have used them in my guest bedroom and my closet.  I even have hung them in my dining room.  They are great to corale perfumes, jewelry, candles or even something special in your bathroom and dining table.  

On my dining room table for Spring...

And Christmas.  It really gives a front row seat to whatever you want to display for that season.

The $5 mirror adds drama to your bedroom too.

I use this mirror in my closet every day to make sure my jewels match my outfit.
To see my new closet and other stylish tips, click here.

Hung in a gallery wall in my dining room, again, adds just the right amount of drama...

Go on, get out there-- and get you some mirrors.  It's the perfect way to bring light and dimension to any room. 

The texture among us: I am a big fan of texture in a room because it brings a room to lifeFinding the perfect little wiggly fern, natural rug or boxwood balls are all great inexpensive ways to get the job done. Boxwood balls are about $9 at craft stores and modern ferns can be purchased for under $10 at hardware stores.  I am seeing natural rugs everywhere now--from the dining room, living room, kids rooms all the way to outside patios.  I purchased this surprisingly soft one recently to give our dining room a different look.


Makes you want to touch it, huh?

Most people don't know you can find these at your local hardware stores in the patio section for much less than traditional rugs. (Yes, there are two different places to find rugs at the hardware store.)  Use your imagination People!

This fern adds a lot of texture in a little punch--it brings exactly what this room needs to make it come alive.

The texture of my rope chandelier also brings this kitchen to life.  For the before. click here.



I am obsessed with boxwood balls.  


Our Foyer Mantel needs a little boxwood love too.  Notice all the details of all of these pieces...

Texture really does bring a room to life.  Get on it.

Light me up:  I am really digging masculine light's right now...  Or the many types of pharmacy lamps.. (Thank you, Restoration Hardware.)  I don't like the price of many that I see, but I have found some that have the same look without the same price tag.  Target carries this one for $39 as well as a few others that are realistic on the budget.  

These lamps have an air of sophistication about them...


And a relaxed feel...

I placed this one on one side of the bed in our guest suite.

And if your lucky enough you can find a real vintage one from the thrift store...


The newest arrangement of my office and a $6 lamp I found at Goodwill.


It was meant to be.  Don't you just love the thrill of the hunt?


And my Moms vintage lamp that I gave a new look to with a vintage bulb from Lowe's.  For a complete tour of our Beach Bunker complete with before and afters, click here.


This little beauty takes the cake on this bookshelf.  For more on my series on 'Winning with Pennies',  click here, and here.


A Little Life:  One of my favorite accessories to finish a room and bring in some life are Orchids.  You can buy them inexpensively for $20 at grocery stores and they add just the right amount of life to any room.  Plus you only need to add 2 ice cubes every week.

A recent revamp to a clients living room.  More on that later...

Orchids pack a big punch and light up any room.


Soup tureens are another favorite accessory  of mine.   This one creates a great base for my orchid...I also like to put green apples or faux artichokes in mine.



I would love to hear from my readers...  
What styles are you drawn to? Do you have any favorite inexpensive accessories? Have I inspired you to try any of my favorite inexpensive accessories?  Are you ready for Spring?!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Project | A New Look for a Bookcase

Hello, Hello

This weekend I tackled a small project that had been on my to-do list for a while.  I knew I wanted to add paper to an existing bookcase at our beach bunker...  I guess all it took was a little inspiration from the check out line at Home Goods.  Funny how that happens.

My eye was caught by the wrapping paper while I was waiting for my turn...don't you just love that isle while you wait?  It's genius if you ask me...the perfect way to get you to spend just a little bit more money. 

Home Goods had lots of great choices, but my eye was instantly caught by the matte grey trellis pattern.  Game over.

I knew this would be a great neutral and allow the rest of the room to pop too.  
Here's a before of the bookcase I was working with.

Plain and more plain...

The first step was to clear the accessories and shelves. The previous homeowners cut that hole for their speakers.

Our living room has neon green, grey, beige, pops of navy, turquoise and more blue.  This grey pattern fits perfectly as a neutral to enhance and work well with those colors.  For the full Beach Bunker Tour complete with before and afters, click here.  

I needed a little over 42 inches wide which was longer than the width of the paper.  So I unrolled 42 inches and made my cut.  This pattern was perfect because it didn't matter which way I rolled and the pattern could easily be matched for the second sheet of paper behind the television.   I used clear thumb tacks in the corners to hold my paper up.

I recently bought this brass light at a thrift store for $6.  I knew this light would be a perfect inexpensive way to light up this bookshelf .  Once the accessories are brought back in you will not see the cords (or thumb tacks!).

What do you think?  It's the oldest trick in the book and it's a great way to add a little personality to your bookshelf.  You also don't have to make the commitment you would with say painting the back of the cabinet a color.  Plus, you can change the paper as often as you want.


And just for a little shock value to show you just how much life we gave to this little cottage...here's what the bookcase looked like when we purchased the house.


Holy Moly Guacamole!  It's come a long way from this dark and dreary decor.  For my tips and tutorial on how to paint knotty pine, click here.  It's a lot of work, but if done right you can enjoy for a lifetime.

The end result is an easy, stylish and sophisticated look that only took about 10 minutes and $2.99. 

Next weekends project?  Change out those hinges and handles.  Another simple, inexpensive project to transform the look of a bookcase.

Is this a project you would try?  Do you like the final result?  Have you checked out our Beach Bunker tour yet?  What are you waiting for?!

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